For Jess Savoury and Erica Van den Dries, the two women who own Hocus Pocus fancy dress costume hire in Kalamunda, having Channel 7’s top news reader and a West Coast Eagles star wearing dresses was unexpected.
The sisters are supplying the props and costumes for the pantomime Cinderella, running at Churchlands Senior High School from Thursday until Sunday.
The good news is news reader Rick Ardon isn’t planning to wear a dress anywhere but on stage.
Both Rick Ardon and West Coast Eagles forward Josh Kennedy will be playing fairy assistants in the production.
The panto, which is staged each year to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis ” something the two local sisters have been touched by in the past. Savoury has had family members with the disease and Van den Dries has worked as a nurse.
For Ardon and Kennedy, starring alongside Cinderella is ‘a chance of a lifetime.’
It is not his first time Josh has worn a dress.
‘I have been in a dress before, actually many times in my life. There’s been quite a few,’ he said.
However, Ardon said it might be the only chance people get to see him in all his female glory.
‘You’ll never see me in an outfit like this again,’ he said.
‘I think my wife would be having a good laugh if she could see me at the moment, perhaps when the paper comes out.’
Ardon said the MS organisers of the show called him to see if he would take part and he was keen to help.
‘There are many good causes around Perth, and wherever I can I always try to help,’ he said. ‘And Josh is obviously the same.’
For Kennedy though, working his on-stage persona around football training will be crucial.
‘My times on stage will work around training, so I’ll be doing Thursday and Friday,’ he said.
On Fridays, I’ll come straight from training, into the dress and onto the stage. I’m looking forward to it.’
He encouraged locals to get down to the school and watch the show.
‘Make sure everyone comes down because I don’t think you’ll see me and Rick in a dress again any time soon,’ he said.
‘Entertaining kids is wonderful. Just to see the smiles on their faces is fantastic,’ Ardon said.
For Savoury and Van den Dries, being keen to help out the cause meant they were thrilled to offer their costumes and props from the Hocus Pocus collection.
‘It’s definitely personal for us,’ said Savoury of the pair’s involvement.
Van den Dries said she knows the impact the disease has, too.
‘I’ve actually nursed people with MS in hospital and also in the community, so it is definitely something that we are keen to support.
‘I think some guys are looking for a bit of an outlet, and wearing a dress is funny. And they like the attention.’
Savoury said there is something about the wig and mask that lets people feel free.
‘They (Ardon and Kennedy) do look gorgeous. Hopefully, it helps their performance,’ she said.